Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Jiuzhaiguo jewel beckons

This jewel destination was the lure. The post cards and the stories were too tempting. Jiuzhaiguo lies in the crown of the spectacular Min Shan mountain range. Friends insist it is a must -do on  a visit to China. And they are right.

So my hubby and I joined  a group of friends on the Jiuzhaiguo holiday with destinations to some  remoter, less travelled parts of Sichuan.

Even before the peak season, tourists were already flocking to the Jiuzhai Valley. The National Park is located in the north of the Sichuan province in South Western China. Declared  a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1992, Jiuzhaiguo means ' Nine Village Valley' and is named after the nine Tibetan villages scattered through out the park. Tibetan people have lived in this region for thousands of years and locals still hold onto many traditional ways of life.

Jiuzhai Valley has 17 waterfall groups, 47 springs and 114 lakes in the park. What we saw was stunning and so magical. For us, timing was a little off as the spectacular colours of autumn that makes it the most breathtaking  time of the year was not showing off yet. But for soon-to be travellers, if you like what you see in these pictures, just paint the shades of red, orange, brown amidst the aqua blue, green, purple hues of the lakes, you know you are in a fairyland on earth!
























                               A lasting memory  of the colours of Jiuzhaiguo. Unforgettable.

19 comments:

  1. Keats, these are some very stunning photos. Love the colours and details in each of them. You became a bridal photographer?

    This place is breathtaking. Thanks for sharing.

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  2. Lovely colorful lake and the water so crystal clear..Nice waterfall.

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  3. You took many lovely photos. Thanks for allowing me to see those beautiful sceneries through your eyes.

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  4. Gorgeous, Keats! A treat for these sore eyes. Thanks for your kind comments on my blog.

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  5. SO beautiful Keats, unbelievable. Really, thank you for sharing, if not I would not have thought such place exist. It looks like from another world, photoshopped for movies. Love picture of you.

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  6. I've listed this as one of the places I must visit.... Wifey has a long list of places other than another location in China after we had done Yunnan back in 2004. Thanks for the lovely photos. And welcome & thanks for joining my blog.

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  7. Absolutely scenic! I want to go to China soon :)

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  8. Thanks for the enchanting,magical & mystical tour. Really a destination to plan for in future.

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  9. The color of that lake is breathtaking! What a perfect spot for wedding photos.

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  10. Wow, this is awesome! A dream holiday indeed.

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  11. Oh my gosh, these colors are so beautiful! amazing photos, Keats!

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  12. A beautiful and pristine place indeed, Keats! My parents visited it a few years ago. It was so cold that their camera jammed and they never got to take the beautiful photos that you did here.

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  13. These are terrific sights from the site.
    Thanks for sharing them.

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  14. Hello! Wonderful photos! Beautiful place!

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  15. Fabulous photos! Photographing water is very difficult, and you have done it so well.

    Blogging is a great hobby, isn't it? You find out about so many wonderful things and places.

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  16. Oh wow! It is like dream here. You just won an award, do drop by and collect it okay.

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  17. Hi Keats, glad to meet you! I wonder why I haven't seen your blog earlier. I envy this travel, as waterfalls are magnets to me, and these areas are so inviting. Thanks anyway for the tour. You have lovely shots.

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  18. Yes..I've been to Jiu Zhai Gou before.
    It can be describe as another heaven of earth.
    Hope it's not over-developed / polluted.

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